DALLAS, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The research "Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination" (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/70970-seawater-and-brackish-water-desalination.html) presents an overview of technical aspects of thermal desalination methods (i.e., multistage flash distillation, multieffect distillation, vapor compression), membrane desalination processes (i.e., reverse osmosis, nanofiltration) and a few novel desalination methods (e.g., freezing, gas hydrate formation, membrane distillation, capacitive deionization). Technical aspects of both thermal and membrane desalination processes are outlined, as well as a few alternative techniques that may be viable in the future. The report analyzes the water needs of 18 countries in five world regions. Known projects by country for the next five years are presented, along with estimated capacity additions, market values and growth rates for each world region. Capital costs for various types of plants, as well as operating cost breakdowns, are given to illustrate the average expense of constructing various facilities. These cost estimates are then used to calculate market sizes. A review of proposed projects is listed in individual country outlooks, and estimates for regional desalination capacity additions, market sizes and predicted market growth rates are presented for five world regions: the U.S. and Canada, Europe, the Middle East / Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America / Caribbean.
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this report. Research began with a re-analysis of the available technical and business literature, as well as an evaluation of the personal records of the water treatment industry available to the author. Conversations with industry experts and company representatives, along with a review of their published works, provide the backbone for an evaluation of the desalination industry.
Information sources for the study also include online research, patent literature and technical journals. In evaluating the global market, information was obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, Aquastat, the United Nation's Global Water Information System and publications from the International Desalination Association, the European Desalination Association and the Middle East Desalination Research Center.
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With each passing year, the quality of the planet's water measurably deteriorates, presenting challenges for the major users. Water treatment has become an area of global concern as individuals, communities, industries, countries and their national institutions strive for ways to keep this essential resource available and suitable for use.
During the past three decades, desalination systems have emerged as effective solutions for transforming saline, brackish and contaminated water into useable and/or potable products. In addition to technical advances in the processes, parallel price drops in the processes, especially membrane-based methods, have made desalination affordable for countries that were previously unable to consider the possibility. This has created a robust and rapidly growing market in which projects and corporate developments are constantly evolving.
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Summary Figure : Global Market for Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination Plants, 2000-2018
Figure 1 : Total World Desalination Capacity By Source Water Type, 2012
Figure 2 : Global Desalted Water End Uses As A Percentage of Total Capacity
Figure 3 : Desalination Technologies
Figure 4 : Global Market Share By Technology Type, 2012
Figure 5 : Cost Allocation of Desalinating Brackish Water With Ro, 2012
Figure 6 : Cost Allocation of Desalinating Brackish Water With Ro, 2012
Figure 7 : Global Cost Trends for Membrane Desalination, Including Debt Service and Operating Expenses, 1980–2010
Figure 8 : Global Seawater Desalination Cost Reductions
Figure 9 : Global Market Forecast By Membrane Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 10 : Cost Allocation of Desalinated Water Production With Msf, 2012
Figure 11 : Global Msf Desalination Cost Trends, 1955–2012
Figure 12 : Cost Allocation of Desalinated Water Production With Med, 2012
Figure 13 : Global Market Forecast By Thermal Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 14 : Global Market Forecast for Other Technologies, 2000-2018
Figure 15 : Global Water Withdrawals By Sector, 2012
Figure 16 : Desalination Capacity By Technology and World Region, 2012
Figure 17 : Countries With The Largest Installed Desalination Capacity, 2012
Figure 18 : Countries With The Largest Installed Thermal Desalination Capacity, 2012
Figure 19 : Countries With The Largest Installed Membrane Desalination Capacity, 2012
Figure 20 : Market Value By Global Region, 2000–2018
Figure 21 : Water Distribution In The U.S. By Sector, 2005
Figure 22 : U.S. Desalination Capacity Share By Source Water Type, 2012
Figure 23 : Cumulative U.S. Desalination Capacity Share By Technology Type, 2013
Figure 24 : U.S. Desalted Water End Uses As A Percentage of Total Capacity, 2012
Figure 25 : Potentially Usable Water From U.S. Saline Aquifers
Figure 26 : California's Proposed Seawater Desalination Plants
Figure 27 : Proposed Desalination Plants In Texas
Figure 28 : U.S./Canada Market Value By Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 29 : Value of The European Market By Technology, 2000-2018
Figure 30 : Value of The Middle East/Africa Market By Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 31 : Value of The Asia-Pacific Market By Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 32 : Value of The Latin America/Caribbean Market By Technology Type, 2000-2018
Figure 33 : Patent Share By Technology Type, 2008–2013
Figure 34 : Desalination Plant Supplier Market Shares, 2012
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